Clausen-Brown Receives Award from Milton Society of America

June 24, 2020 | Education | Kim Strobel

Karen Clausen-Brown, associate professor of English, has been selected to receive the James Holly Hanford Article Award from the Milton Society of America for her article “‘Not in their idol-worship, but by labor’: The Sabbath and the Book of Isaiah in Samson Agonistes.” 

The James Holly Hanford Article Award recognizes a published article or multiauthor collection of essays on the subject of the 17th-century poet John Milton. The award is the highest honor presented by the society for an article.

Clausen-Brown’s article examines how Milton’s drama Samson Agonistes responds to debates about Sabbath-keeping in early modern England. She argues Milton draws his understanding of the Sabbath chiefly from the final chapters of Isaiah and therefore his drama depicts the Sabbath as a day to liberate the oppressed.

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